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Dr. Know: To Protect and Serve... the Banks?

Why are Portland Police guarding private banks?

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The downtown Bank of America has had a uniformed Portland cop stationed on site for months. Can’t these banksters afford their own security guards? They already ripped off the taxpayers—now we   More
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Classically Trained

What's the thinking behind playing classical music at MAX stops?

Dr. Know
Every morning as the MAX doors open at Lloyd Center, I hear the sounds of opera. I think I know the thinking behind this, but could you please illuminate us on whether the strategy is working?&nbs   More
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: An Explosive Whale Tale

Did the State of Oregon really blow up a whale?

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I’ve been hearing about this from a wide variety of bullshit artists ever since I moved to Portland, but I’m hoping you’ll have the real scoop: Did the State of Oregon really blow up a whale   More
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Primary Education

Is “Mischief Voting” Illegal?

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Can I change my party preference to Republican just so I can vote in the primary, and change back before the general election? Is it legal? I can’t stand to see Republicans having all the fun.&n   More
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: A Burning (Saint) Question

Why is there a statue of Joan of Arc in Laurelhurst?

Dr. Know
Tell me, O wise one: What does a flambéed French saint have to do with the Rose City? I ask because recently, in Laurelhurst, I came upon the improbable statue of one Joan of Arc. —Koan of Arc   More
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The Down-Low on Downspouts

Is it safe to reconnect my downspouts?

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Like lots of folks, I disconnected my gutter downspouts from the storm-drain system to save the river. Now that the “Big Pipe” is finished, though, can I reconnect them? It’s a swamp over he   More
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Christmas Tree Composting

Can I dump my Christmas tree into the compost bin?

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Now that we’ve got weekly compost/yard debris pickup, I figure I should be able to dump my 100 percent-organic Christmas tree into the compost bin and not get charged for tree disposal. Can I?&n   More
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Renter’s Burden

Don’t renters pay property tax (indirectly) through rent?

Dr. Know
In your column on 911 services [“Dr. Know,” WW, Dec. 14, 2011], you say renters don’t pay property taxes. I’m sure you realize those taxes are passed on to renters in the form of rent. Tho   More
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Foam for the Holidays

Any way to get rid of all that Christmas-morning packaging?

Dr. Know
So far, biweekly trash pick-up is working for me. But the holidays are coming, and I’m pretty sure the Styrofoam from an Xbox would fill my whole trash bin. Is there any way to get rid of all th   More
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: 911-a-holics?

How much do the rest of us pay for chronic 911 callers?

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My building gets eight to 10 emergency visits from Portland Fire & Rescue each week, usually for the same three or four residents. How much do the rest of us pay for that care? Do 911 caller   More
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 MARTY SMITH

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